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Survey: Did You Disclose Your ADHD at Work

Hi everyone, I’m the chair of the Workplace Committee at the ADD Association. We’re conducting a survey on whether or not ADHDers disclose their ADHD at work, their reasons for doing it or not and what are the results.

We are creating a campaign to sensitize people to the still existing stigma of ADHD and are aiming for at least 1000 survey participants. If you have ADHD, are or have been employed, please complete the survey at http://adhdatwork.questionpro.com.

We’ll make the results public and will share if you participate.
Thanks!

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I agree with that.  I just retired and if I had divulged that information, I would have been accused of making excuses.  I was often called lazy, slow, and at times stupid.  You know what?  I was there 27 years so I must have done something right.  People really don’t care in my line of work, unfortunately, but the people who knew me well knew better.

Posted by ctm1 on Mar 08, 2014 at 9:42am

I have divulged my ADHD diagnosis at work, as part of trying to help others around me understand. It was a recent rediscovery of the impact my ADHD was having on my adult life (thanks to a fantastic therapist) that I was getting help for it. I was having a difficult time at work during the early stages of my treatment & felt I needed to disclose the information.

Even though I work in higher education, the lack of understanding & awareness has been stunning. Explaining to people that it’s more than just “bright shiny objects syndrome” has not been easy. They either look at me like I am making excuses or are dismissive.

I cannot say that it has helped me as of yet but I am staying positive in that the more I speak about it the more aware others will be.

Posted by Lynniechinchin on Mar 10, 2014 at 5:18pm

I am currently looking into the symptoms and treatment for ADD. I am a 55 year old, unemployed male that has Epilepsy, a while ago I had basically been let go and told it was due to lack of getting things done. I feel if I had not disclosed this information I would still be employed. We live in a world that your employer knows everything they need to reduce their workforce if needed. I have tried since I was 20 years old to get assistance as an Epileptic just to be left aside. Employers wont disclose their health why should I?

Posted by DanT on Mar 12, 2014 at 6:53pm

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